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Transglutaminase‐2, RNA‐binding proteins and mitochondrial proteins selectively traffic to MDCK cell‐derived microvesicles following H‐Ras‐induced epithelial‐mesenchymal transition

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posted on 2023-11-09, 01:34 authored by Adnan ShafiqAdnan Shafiq, Wittaya SuwakulsiriWittaya Suwakulsiri, Alin RaiAlin Rai, Maoshan Chen, David GreeningDavid Greening, Hong‐Jian Zhu, Rong Xu, Richard SimpsonRichard Simpson
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) describes an evolutionary conserved morphogenic process defined by loss of epithelial characteristics and acquisition of mesenchymal phenotype, and altered patterns of intercellular communication, leading to functional changes in cell migration and invasion. In this regard, we have previously reported that oncogenic H-Ras induced EMT in MDCK cells (21D1 cells) trigger changes in the protein distribution pattern in cells, exosomes, and soluble protein factors (secretome) which modulate the tumour microenvironment. Here, we report that shed microvesicles (also termed microparticles/ ectosomes) secreted from MDCK cells following oncogenic H-Ras-induced EMT (21D1-sMVs) are biochemically distinct from exosomes and parental MDCK-sMVs. The protein spectra of RNA-binding proteins and mitochondrial proteins in 21D1-sMVs differ profoundly to those of exosomes, likewise proteins associated with suppression of anoikis. We show that 21D1-sMVs promote cell migration, confer anchorage-independent growth, and induce EMT in parental MDCK cells. An unexpected and novel finding was the selective sorting of tissue transglutaminase-2 (TGM2) into 21D1-sMVs; there was no evidence of TGM2 in MDCK-sMVs. Prior treatment of 21D1-sMVs with neutralizing anti-TGM2 or anti-FN1 antibodies attenuates the invasive capability of fibroblasts. These finding suggest that microvesicle-associated TGM2 may play an important contributory role in the EMT process and warrants further investigation. (199/ 200 words). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Shafiq, A, Suwakulsiri, W, Rai, A, et al. (2021). Transglutaminase-2, RNA-binding proteins and mitochondrial proteins selectively traffic to MDCK cell-derived microvesicles following H-Ras-induced epithelial–mesenchymal transition. Proteomics, 21, e2000221. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions: